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A STORY ABOUT SOME REAL LIFE
AND A NOVEL
Robert Hichens wrote a novel of
society life, with a heroine accustom
ed to the royal purple, and scheming
to retain her Clutch on luxury and
the respectability of married life until
she lost her heart to a man other
than her husband and threw caution
to the wind, tried to poison her hus
bany, and trapped, though unsuccess
ful, admitted her intended crime that
she might be free to fly to her lover.
And in the society novel the lover
of the lady discarded her because as
a poisoner she was a bungler, and
the lady went out in the desert to
die. Robert Hichens called the lady
In low life in Milwaukee the story
in many of its phases was duplicated.
Mrs. Marie Kasala, 26, was a respect
able married woman living in average
comfort in the average home with an
average husband. Then she met
George Zabornick, 28, and fell madly
in love with him.
According to the confession of Za
bornick, who stood by the-lady in the
lower social scale as the villain did
not in the upper scale, he and the
woman who have been lovers for two'
years planned repeatedly to .get rid
of the husband. Once the lover
picked a quarrel with the husband
and struck him with a brick", but 'he
failed to inflict a fatal wound.
Then the pair decided that the husband-must
die by poison. He was
fond of cake, home-baked. The lover
bought some arsenic on four differ
ent occasions and gave it to ihe wife
with instructions how to use it. First
she objected but about avmonth ago
she gave her husband a dose. It did
not kill him though it made him sick.
Growing impatient, according to
the alleged confession of the lover,
the wife administered a dose of
strychnine in one of her husband's
favorite cakes last Tuesday and he
And they might have lived happy
ever after had not Zabornick drawn
suspicion on himself by asking that a
letter be returned to him addressed
to the woman.
As soon as he left the postoffice he
tore up the letter, which was written
in Polish and when this was picked
up by the police it was found to can
tain strychnine. On the way to the
jail he tried to throw away a vial
which was found to contain sixty
grains of strychnine, and confronted
with this evidence, he confessed.
And the moral? It is found in a
poem of Kipling's, "For the Colonel's
lady and Judy O'Grady are sisters
under the skin."
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"Yes, I have been to the world's
"Ah. What didv you think of the
w6nderful color scheme?"
"Well, I could have admired it mora
if it didn't overshadow one's com
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